"The World of da Vinci" Exhibit at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library May 24, 2019 - September 8, 2019

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present The World of da Vinci, featuring rare folios of the authentic, 600-year-old Codex Atlanticus. Come discover the true Leonardo da Vinci through these sources of inspiration: a workshop of ideas and designs for everyone.

The exhibit will be on display beginning May 24th through September 8, 2019.

This remarkable exhibition features over three-dozen reconstructions of Leonardo da Vinci’s fantastic machines, including over a dozen that are built life size including his Mechanical Lion, Flying Bicycle, Mechanical Bat and Great Kite.

The Reagan Library will also host the worldwide premiere of da Vinci’s Double Continuous Organ, which is one of his most complex and most functional projects!

da Vinci’s famous art also comes to life with Digitally restored, (life-size) reproductions of The Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man, The Last Supper and Lady with an Ermine. Each are displayed alongside interactive kiosks where you can learn more about the artwork, learn how the artwork has been restored over the years, and more!

The two folios, known as 710 and 897*, will be displayed alongside their real life, reconstructed counterparts and allow you to explore the true artistry and virtuoso of da Vinci.

*Each of the two folios will be on display for 3 of the 4 month exhibit run.

Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius who graced this world with his presence from April 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519. He is among the most influential artists in history, having left a significant legacy not only in the realm of art but in science as well, each discipline informing his mastery of the other. Today, no name better seems to symbolize the Renaissance age than da Vinci. In The World of da Vinci, you’ll discover machines and artwork to get a more complete understanding of the genius – Leonardo da Vinci.

The exhibit is included in museum admission from May 24 through September 8, 2019. Prices are $25 General Admission, $22 Seniors (62+), $18 Youth (11-17), $15 (3-10), Free for 2 and under.

Active military are free with valid Military ID – Active military do NOT need to reserve tickets online, all walk-ups will receive Museum entry (please have all guests pre-purchase their tickets). Family members pay full admission price. Retired military members receive $3 off admission with valid military ID.

"A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April 26 to May 19

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE from April 26 – May 19, 2019 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065. Tickets are Adults $28, Seniors 60 & Above and Students $24, and Children 12 & Under $20 and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE was created by Dean Regan and will feature award-winning actress Michele McRae in the title role of Patsy Cline. McRae has previously won critical acclaim for her portray of the country music icon in multiple productions of ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE. Joining McRae onstage will be Michael German as Little Big Man, a small town country music radio DJ who narrates the story.

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE chronicles the life of one of the most influential female country singers of all time, Patsy Cline. The first female solo artist ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of the most successful crossover artists in history, the iconic Patsy Cline packed a lot of great music into her short life, which tragically ended in a plane crash at the age of 30. Developed with the help of her widow Charlie Dick and featuring more than 20 of her hit songs, this show pays tribute to the remarkable singer by following her career from her early honky-tonk days through her success at the Grand Ole Opry and beyond. Included in the production are full length signature tunes like "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy", “A Closer Walk With Thee” and more!

Fred Helsel will direct and produce with Gary Poirot as Musical Director. Seth Kamenow leads the design team as Production Designer with Ken Patton as Costume Designer, Kevin Kahm as Sound Designer, and Kimberly Kiley as Stage Manager. For more information about A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, visit www.simi-arts.org or contact the box office at (805) 583-7900.

An American Christmas Display at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens November 10, 2018

An American Christmas is back! Guests will enjoy a tour through a winter wonderland at the Reagan Library featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to today.

Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1770 through 2010 and beyond, thus tracing the evolution of America. Through the use of lights, ornaments and decorations, each tree becomes its own piece of magnificent art. Also on display will be a collection of beautiful hand-crafted Menorahs that were given to President Reagan while in office.

Each tree is decorated with what is culturally historic and symbolic in each decade. Betsy Ross is there, embroidering the  first  American  flag. Newspapers blare  headlines from history. And an image of Ronald Reagan himself peeks out from one tree that celebrates a new era in the U.S. presidency.

The trees representing the 1700s feature copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill  of Rights. Other trees bear ornaments representing inventions, popular games and music, and wars. An 1890s tree has a Wright brothers model plane and the first telephone, while a 1970s tree has ornaments such as an eight-track tape and a shark representing “Jaws,” a popular movie at the time. The 1980s tree commemorates Ronald Reagan’s time as our nation’s 40th president, but it also celebrates the Cabbage Patch doll, Beanie Babies, Rubik’s Cube and personal computers.

Admission prices to the Reagan Library includes entry into both the Pompeii and An American Christmas special exhibitions. Museum fees for DAYTIME admission, including An American Christmas, are as follows: $29.00 general admission, $26.00 for seniors 62 and over, $22.00 for children 11-17, $19 for children 3-10 and free for children 2 and under.

Learn more at www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/special-exhibits/an-american-christmas.

Pompeii: The Exhibition at Reagan Library in Simi Valley Opens on October 6, 2018

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Around mid-morning on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted. Molten rock and pumice were expelled from the volcano at a rate of 1.5 million tons per second. Rocks and volcanic ash filled the atmosphere, turning day into night. Within 24 hours, the Roman city of Pompeii lay destroyed – and perfectly preserved – under 15 feet of ash and volcanic debris. Now come experience both the splendor of Ancient Rome when Pompeii bustled as a commercial port and strategic military and trading city and the horror and aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’s all new exhibition,Pompeii

“This extraordinary exhibition takes you back in time to vividly experience what it was like to live in Pompeii over 2,000 years ago,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. “Through the use of authentic artifacts, visitors to the Reagan Library will encounter life in the bustling city of Pompeii before time stopped, and then, through the use of a 4-D Eruption Theater, will feel the gravity of thousands of deaths, frozen in time.”

Opening on October 6, 2018, Pompeii features over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash. These artifacts include wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. The exhibit will run through April 21, 2019.

These artifacts, set in scenic depictions of their original surroundings, tell the tale of the bustling city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. The catastrophic power of volcanoes is also illustrated through an immersive 4-D CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The impact and devastation are evidenced by full body casts (plaster casts made from the hollows left in the ash that hardened around the now disintegrated bodies of the victims, found upon excavation), eerily preserved in their final moments.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Introductory theater where the scene is set in a video with dramatic reconstructions that describes Pompeii and the nearby Highlights of the exhibition include: volcano.

  • Visitors are then transported back in time to 79 A.D. and find themselves in a reproduced atrium from a Roman villa, where they will embark on a journey through the ancient city.

  • Through the use of projections, audio, video, photographic murals, and graphic reproductions of frescoes and mosaics, visitors will experience different locations that existed in the city, including a market, a temple, theater, and baths.

  • Over 150 authentic artifacts will help bring the story of Pompeii to life. These remarkable objects include: mosaics and frescoes, gladiator helmets, armor, and weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, cups, plates, pots and pans and other household objects and furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

  • A 4D Eruption Theater will allow visitors to experience the impact Mount Vesuvius had on this ancient city.

  • The culminating experience of the exhibit is a room with body casts of human forms forever frozen in time. 

This not-to-be-missed exhibition is thrilling for adults and appropriate for the whole family. For more information and to pre-purchase tickets, visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley, California. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, visit www.reaganlibrary.com. As large crowds are expected to view the exhibition, pre-purchased timed-entry tickets are recommended by visiting www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets.

For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/pompeii.

Performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April to December 2018

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Upcoming performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue. Visit www.simi-arts.org or call 805-583-7900 for more information and to purchase tickets to these shows.

NEXT TO NORMAL

April 21 – May 27, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No performance Friday, April 26th.

Added performance Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the powerfully provocative musical NEXT TO NORMAL from April 21 - May 27, 2018. With poignant lyrics by Brian Yorkey and a powerful contemporary rock score by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), NEXT TO NORMAL is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life, exploring how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, NEXT TO NORMAL was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, NEXT TO NORMAL challenges us to ask the question, 'What is normal?' SVCAC presents this award winning musical in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month of May 2018. This show is recommended for audiences 14 & older due to mature themes. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

KIKI EBSEN PRESENTS THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

Friday, April 28, 2018

Preshow Dessert Reception at 6:30 pm

Concert begins at 8:00 pm

For the past two years Kiki Ebsen has enjoyed bringing the diverse catalog of Joni Mitchell's songs to those who resonate in the elegant music and profound lyrics. Kiki's Joni Mitchell Project has received wide acclaim in performances from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festivals. You'll enjoy this special evening and the genius of the Joni Mitchell songbook. Kiki solos on piano on "Both Sides Now" and "Case of You," and shifts to guitar on "Coyote" and "Chelsea Morning," among others. You'll enjoy her band arrangements of "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Free Man in Paris," "Blonde in the Bleachers," "Twisted," and "Sex Kills." From Joni's earliest years to her later, more edgy, material, Kiki and her band pay tribute to Joni Mitchell, her music, style, originality and pure artistry. Don't miss it!

Featuring: Kiki Ebsen-vocals/keys/guitar, Terry Wollman-guitar, Grant Geissman-guitar, Steve Lawrence-bass and Matt Starr-drums.  Tickets are $50 and include a dessert and wine reception before the show.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S MOTHER’S DAY WITH ELVIS CONCERT

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC for a special Mother’s Day salute featuring all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this concert! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

BIG RIVER

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 9 – July 15, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. Mark Twain’s beloved classic takes us back to old “Muddy Waters” as Huck Finn and the runaway Jim escape down the mighty Mississippi River in search of freedom. Featuring a score from country music legend Roger Miller, Big River is certain to become a fan favorite! Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC with his annual BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert featuring holiday favorites as well as all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this holiday tradition at the Center! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early or it truly will be a Blue Christmas for you! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at Reagan Library February 16 to August 19, 2018

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What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.

Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour that has drawn more than a million visitors. Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will be on display at the Reagan Library from February 16 to August 19, 2018.

Daily Live Cultural Performances Within The Exhibit at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!

As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan. In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

However, this special exhibition presents a more complete image of the legendary leader whom Time Magazine and CNN named “The Man of the Millennium.” As visitors discover, Genghis not only created the nation of Mongolia and its written language, but his lineage established the modern borders of nations from India to Iran, Korea to China as well as opened the trade routes that united East and West, forever after.

Visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of a Mongolian resident, receiving a civilian identity card at the beginning of their journey. From warrior to spy to princess, follow this character’s life throughout the rise of the great Mongol Empire.

The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States. More info at ReaganLibrary.com/Khan.

Upcoming Shows at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center

BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL

April 15 – May 21, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No Performance April 22

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. Big Fish centers on the story of Edward Bloom who has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father's fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one's life. When Will learns that he and his wife will soon have a son of their own, he embarks on a journey to find out his father's "true" life story and discovers what being a father truly means. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale, itself-spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Tickets for BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $18 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

April 22 at 2 pm and April 23 at 7 pm, 2017

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Produced by Lit Live.  As Jews in German-occupied Holland, the Franks are fighting for their lives. When young Anne's sister, Margot, is called to appear before the authorities, the Franks must go into hiding. Produced by Lit Live and directed by Seth Kamenow, this well-known story - told through the beautifully innocent eyes of Anne - is educational, timely and heartbreaking. Tickets are $22 Adults, $15 Seniors 60 & Above and Military, and $10 for Students and Educators. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 3 – July 9, 2017

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students and Seniors 60+, and $18 Children 12 & Under. and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900.

#KidMagician at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on January 14-29, 2017

#KIDMAGICIAN

January 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2017

Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave in Simi Valley

Presented by 3000 Miles Off Broadway. Fun for the entire family! DON'T MISS the stars of America's Got Talent Kaden and Brooklyn Rockett in #KidMagician playing a limited engagement at SVCAC in January.  Kid magicians Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn Nicole Rockett stole the hearts of the nation on NBC'sAmerica's Got Talent this year when they became the youngest entertainers to make it to the TOP 14 Semi-Finals out of 50,000 auditions.  Simon Cowell dubbed them "The next Harry Potter".  Heidi Klum, Mel B & Howie Mandel all were blown away with their amazing stage presence and abilities way beyond their years.  Known for their unique take on magic/illusions and witty banter, they have taken everyday objects and put them together in the most creative of ways to produce illusions that rival the worlds top magic acts!  Their father, Bart Rockett who is also a professional magician/illusionist & ventriloquist will be joining them on stage as they share their amazing talents. Tickets for #KidMagician are $25 for Adults, $22 Seniors 60 & Above and $20 for children 12 & Under and can be purchased online at www.simi-arts.org or by calling (805) 583-7900. A family four pack is also available for $60.  Four pack only available by calling the box office at (805) 583-7900. 

"Interactive! The Exhibition" at Reagan Library October 22, 2016 through April 16, 2017

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will open the fully immersive Interactive! The Exhibition - How Popular Culture Reshapes Technology on October 22, 2016. This 10,000 sq ft exhibition offers a riveting, memorable exploration of popular culture's impact on technology - past, present and future - and its direct effect on how we live and work, how we move, how we connect and how we play. Transporting yourself back to the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's will show museum visitors firsthand how popular culture from those decades inspired the technology of today and for the future. Interactive will be on display through April 16, 2017.

In Interactive, Virtual Reality and more is at your fingertips, including:

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • Robotic arm interactives, 80's gaming stations and more.
  • Manipulate a Mars Rover replica.
  • Get up close with the first ever 3D printed car, by Local Motors.
  • Examine communications from the landline rotary telephone and VCR to smartphones.
  • Check out jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard and even meet Baxter the robot!


Developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, Interactive is a large-scale, hands-on examination of how popular culture in movies, books, TV, and the arts has influenced modern technology and changed the ways we live,work, move, connect and play. In addition to a wide variety of 'hands-on" experiences, including Oculus Rift virtual reality, interactive robots, the driverless car, multiple gaming stations, remote control drones, 3D printing stations, and more, Reagan Library visitors will also get up close to some of science fiction's most iconic characters, including an interactive R2D2 from Star Wars, a T-800 endoskeleton from The Terminator, and a full-size Alien from the Alien films. Did the producers of Star Trek invent the smart phone? What science fiction today will become reality tomorrow? The exhibit also showcases the creative inspiration behind legendary innovators such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Walt Disney.

Guests of Interactive will discover four featured areas exploring the science and technology in human everyday life.

How We Play:
Examines the technology of entertainment and its impact on how people spend their free time. Highlights include a virtual reality gaming by Oculis Rift, 3D projected playing fields and hands-on activities with familiar and cutting-edge music instruments.

How We Connect:
Communications technology is truly the game changer of the 21st century, which brought us to a new era and the birth of social media. This part of the exhibition explores the relationship between communications and technology by looking at the history and future of communication, from landline rotary telephones and VCRs, to video chats and smartphones. Artificial intelligence and distant alien lifeforms are featured as technology blending with popular culture and science fiction. Guests will learn about communication in our social history, how far we've come, and where we're going.

How We Move:
This area examines the history and evolution of human transport. This segment includes a detailed overview of how technologies have advanced the way we move around the planet. Showcased are popular culture hallmarks in transportation including Mars rovers, jetpacks, Marty McFly's hoverboard, the first 3D printed car by Local Motors and artistic sketches featuring future plans for flying cars from Hyundai and the roll-out of the high-speed transportation system, the Hyperloop™.

How We Live and Work:
This area presents some of the most fascinating innovations currently shaping our lives, many of which were predicted in books and movies. Here guests will experience how those dreams have turned into reality, including real-world robots, customized objects from the International Space Station and more.

  • Over a dozen immersive games await, including Virtual Reality Gaming by Oculus Rift.
  • The Mars Rover
  • HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hands-on robotics
  • Virtual projection games
  • Futuristic musical instrument technology
  • Jet pack from Disney's The Rocketeer
  • Autopia car from Disney's Tomorrowland
  • Artistic renderings from visual futurists who created the look of Blade Runner™, Star Wars™, Alien™ and much more

THE RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY:
The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. For Museum Admission fees, please visit www.reaganlibrary.com. Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit www.reaganlibrary.com/interactive.